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The Also-Rans — Atonement (Best Picture Nominee 2007)

Atonement UK poster.jpgDirected by Joe Wright

Screenplay By Christopher Hampton, based upon the novel by Ian McEwan

Starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juno Temple Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – No Country For Old Men (2007)

No Country For Old Men

Written and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

From the novel by Cormac McCarthy

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Kelly Macdonald

There was a great debate in my house after watching No Country For Old Men, between me and my almost-14 year-old daughter, about whether No Country For Old Men, your 2007 Best Picture winner, was a more deserving film that what was presumably it’s fiercest competition, There Will Be Blood.  And since she and I both generally agree that There Will Be Blood was the superior film, it’s not really much of a debate. 

Back in late 2006, or early 2007, when I heard that the Coen’s were adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel I went ahead and bought a copy of the book and read it.  I’d never read anything by McCarthy but figured if the Coen’s felt him worthy of adaptation he couldn’t be all bad.  Unfortunately, McCarthy can be a bit of a difficult writer – his prose is spare, unbroken by quotation marks, and though it might sometimes be ‘lyrical’ it can sometimes feel like a slog.  Continue reading

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Movie Lengths In History

(Author’s note: This piece was originally a four part essay that has been joined together here as one)

It’s generally accepted that since the advent of motion pictures, movies have gotten longer the further we’ve gotten away from the first motion picture. However, pinpointing the exact reason for the increase may be impossible, probably because there is no one cause. Still, while it might be impossible to pinpoint exactly why, I’ve been curious to know just how the ‘auteur theory’of filmmaking might have played into the ballooning of run times, specifically, does the more revered a director becomes, either critically or financially, result in longer films? Continue reading

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